What do you think about the coun­tries who have erased their own past? Bei­jing has de­stroyed its own past, un­like Rome. Is it a crime?


It is im­por­tant to find a bal­ance be­tween new and old. I have al­ways said that the true chal­lenge of re­newal is to con­tinue the his­toric tra­di­tion of change, but with a sen­si­tiv­ity to the spi rit of the past. Cli­mate change is a very se­ri­ous is­sue and sus­tain­abil­ity is not a mat­ter of fash­ion, but of sur­vival af­fect­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and in­fra­struc­ture at ev­ery level, be it an air­port or a small apart­ment. Sus­tain­abil­ity re­quires us to think holis­ti­cally and not about build­ings in iso­la­tion. The lo­ca­tion and func­tion of a build­ing; its flex­i­bil­ity and life-span; its ori­en­ta­tion, its form and struc­ture; its heat­ing and ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems, and the ma­te­ri­als used, all im­pact upon the amount of en­ergy re­quired to build, run and main­tain it, and the move­ment of goods and peo­ple to and from it. Ar­chi­tects can­not solve all the world’s eco­log­i­cal prob­lems, but we can de­sign build­ings to run at a frac­tion of cur­rent en­ergy lev­els and we can in­flu­ence trans­port pat­terns through ur­ban plan­ning and in­fra­struc­ture.

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